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Zuccarello: ‘I’ve got to produce’

Oct 15, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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The last time we mentioned Mats Zuccarello on PHT, it was to announce he’d re-signed with the Rangers for one year and $1.15 million.

It was good news for the 26-year-old, who in May had one goal and six assists in 12 postseason contests for New York.

Flash forward to the present, however, and things are decidedly less rosy. The Rangers are 1-4-0 and Zuccarello has yet to register a point despite averaging 17:24 of ice time per game, including 12:50 of time in total with the man advantage.

“I’ve got to produce,” Zuccarello told the Daily News. “Of course, if you get a good chance and play a lot … you can be happy about a game and feel you played well, but you need to show it on the board, too. You need to produce.”

Like Zuccarello, regular forwards Taylor Pyatt and Benoit Pouliot are also pointless after five contests.

The Rangers have called up JT Miller from AHL Hartford for tomorrow’s game in Washington, after which head coach Alain Vigneault says “we will re-evaluate” the lineup.

  1. xdj511 - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Yes, pointless is a good description for some of these forwards. For years we’ve heard about all of the forward prospects the Rangers have down in the AHL in Hartford… but the last forward that has come up and made any kind of real contribution was Stepan, maybe Hagelin and even he will be starting his third season when he’s healed! Kreider has turned into a hot mess and Miller has to have whiplash from being flipped back and forth so much since last season. If this does turn out to be a lost season for whatever reason, the best thing to do would be to bring up some of these guys and see what they can do, instead of giving minutes to guys who have already proven they won’t do anything but skate back and forth, like Asham (already gone), Pyatt, Zuccarello, Pouliot, Domonic Moore, Boyle… ugh is that our whole roster?

    • barkar942 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      “If this does turn out to be a lost season”.
      First of all, watching an AV presser is like watching a sloth cross the road. If this is the same personality he shows in the dressing room, there will be many more than one lost season.
      Torts built a group of guys that he knew were not the most offensively talented and turned them into a tough corps of grit and strength,defensively first. He did that because he knew that the superior offensive talent to play run and gun was not there. AV is finding that out very quickly, but he boots Biron (still think there is more to this story having to do with his missing the first two days of camp) and Asham. Boy, I know that will solve all of their problems.
      It will be a very exciting free agent market with Lundqvist, Cally, and Girardi all going to the Islanders next year.Those three pieces of the puzzle would push the Islanders immediately into the elite status of the NHL. Why would they want to stay with the Rangers under AV who will be dismantling the current roster to try to suit what he wants as a coach? There will be only a hand full left next year and the Rangers will be in rebuilding mode instead of being in the elite like they would have been if they kept Torts.
      Really disheartens me as a Rangers fan to say all of this, but I speak as I see it.

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